Thursday, December 27, 2018

New Release: For the Love of a Spy: the Scrivener and the Handyman by M.S. Spencer

Thanks so much for letting me talk about my new romantic suspense, For the Love of a Spy: the Scrivener and the Handyman.
I admit it: For the Love of a Spy was born out of a delicious dream. I woke slowly, savoring the romance, and latching onto the last line. It is in fact, the last line of the story. But you have to read the whole book to get to it. Thankfully, there’s quite a lot of good stuff—adventure, action, and romance—to help you through.
When Maris Graystone, political writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet, sparks fly. Their love affair intensifies against the backdrop of the dramatic world events of 1991. Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving Maris limp and lovelorn. Looking for safe harbor for her emotions and her body, she accepts the advances of a dashing French diplomat.
Torn between the luxury and comfort of Émile and his chateau, and the romance of international intrigue with Michael, who will she choose?
I Heart Publishing, December 27, 2018
Spicy (PG-13)
Maris lay quietly. Even the warm water couldn’t relax her now. How can I possibly stay here? How could she in good conscience be with Émile, when all it took to set her off was a vision of blue eyes gazing lustily down at her? On the other hand, how can I be so infatuated with a man I’ve known a grand total of three days? When will I be able to move on?
But Michael’s body was somehow tattooed onto her skin now. A word, a picture, a scent, entered her consciousness, and her whole being reached out for a man who wasn’t there. Who wouldn’t ever be there. Or who was probably involved in something illegal, or at least unsavory. He could be in prison. Or worse—unable to return to the United States. It had been almost three months, and she had heard nothing—except that poem on her computer. The love poem.
How did it go? Something about having loved three whole days. She remembered the last stanza even though she’d taken great pains not to memorize any of it. “Had it any been but she / And that very face, / There had been at least ere this, / A dozen dozen in her place!”
Was there a message there, other than that he still existed? Did he want to remind her of their affair, or plead with her to wait for him? She thought she’d gotten him out of her system, but she knew instinctively that he would always be an ineradicable part of her, a kind of benign tumor or dormant virus. The thought was bittersweet and funny.
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Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, policy wonk, non-profit director, and parent. After many years in academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in several library systems, both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She has two grown children and a perfect granddaughter. Ms. Spencer has published twelve mystery/romantic suspense novels, and currently divides her time between Florida and Maine.
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  1. Thanks so much Sharon for letting me celebrate the release of For the Love of a Spy here on your lovely site! I hope your readers enjoy the excerpt and yearn for more :)